Writing on Air

From Terra Nova Books

Writing on Air

Edited by David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor

Air in our everyday and imaginative lives, as portrayed by a wide range of writers, photographers, and artists.

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Air in our everyday and imaginative lives, as portrayed by a wide range of writers, photographers, and artists.

For centuries, humans have tried to master air. Sea captains rein it in with their sails, and pilots cut through it with their wings. We have machines to pump air into our lungs and computers to anticipate the movement of the winds. Air pervades everything we do and gives us life, yet it is impossible to capture. We can only evoke it through images, impressions, and feelings. This book offers a collage of such evocations expressed through prose, poetry, photography, and drawings.From aerial plankton to Navajo wind gods, from joyful singing to painful emphysema, from gentle breezes to violent storms, Writing on Air creates a fresh way of thinking about the role of air in our everyday lives. Included in the book are prose pieces by poet Hayden Carruth, paulo da costa, Kristjana Gunnars, filmmaker Werner Herzog, Howard Mansfield, Sarah Menin, and C. L. Rawlins; an excerpt from a play by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann on the discovery of oxygen; poems by Lori Anderson, Tonu Õnnepalu, Andrew Schelling, and Virgil Suárez; and art and photography by Manuel Acevedo, Stuart Allen, Marsha Cottrell, Susan Derges, the Korwa tribe of the Indian hills, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Tuula Närhinen, and the airborne dancers of Project Bandaloop.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262182300 322 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 28 illus.

Paperback

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262681599 322 pp. | 7 in x 9 in 28 illus.

Editors

David Rothenberg

Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, Survival of the Beautiful, and many other books, published in at least eleven languages. His more than twenty CDs include One Dark Night I Left My Silent House and, most recently, Berlin Bülbul and Cool Spring. He has performed or recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Scanner, Elliott Sharp, and Suzanne Vega. Nightingales in Berlin is his latest book, CD, and film. A 2019 Safina Center Fellow, he is Distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Wandee J. Pryor

Wandee J. Pryor is former Managing Editor of Terra Nova projects at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Reviews

  • This collection of essays, short fictions and poems will delight anyone who has an interest in both air and writing.

    Mike Holderness

    New Scientist

  • A glorious anthology of essays...

    Umbrella

  • This rich collection will spark the imagination of anyone eager to consider one of our most essential elements.

    Publisher's Weekly

  • A glorious anthology of essays...

    Umbrella

Endorsements

  • Promises to be a significant contribution in addressing a neglected but important environmental topic.

    Cheryll Glotfelty

    Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno